If you didn’t already realise, 2019 is the year of the party shirt. The oft-bright, always crowd stopping and yes, ready to party, versions of the classic shirt are everywhere this season. Whether they’re styled with shells and velcro sandals for a seriously daggy — yet somehow oh-so high fashion — look or worn tucked into your trusty pair of Levis, the printed shirt made for having fun is coming into its own
But the global phenomena is no more than in Australia, where locals are picking up on the movement with gusto. A recent viral tweet highlighted hundreds of men at summer festivals wearing the same $30 Cotton On party shirt, and love for local label Double Rainbouu has never been higher, with fans of the brand buying up in bulk to get through the party season. But the shirts aren’t just for men anymore, with the likes of Prada and Gucci giving the souvenir shop staple the female tick of approval. Whether it’s a kitschy pattern or a brightly hued fabric that catches your attention, no matter your preference the party shirt deserves a spot in your wardrobe.
Below, we’ve rounded up our favourites from the season — including, yes, a trusty addition from Lowes, the original party shirt makers.
Double Rainbouu Glossy Possy Hawaiian Shirt, $179, doublerainbouu.com
Charm’s oversized leopard print cotton-blend shirt, $111, Farfetch
Gucci Hawaiian print silk shirt, $1,585, Farfetch
Double Rainbouu Beach House Hawaiian Shirt, $129, doublerainbouu.com
Ganni Lindale zebra-print crepe shirt, $168, Net-A-Porter
Charles Jeffrey Loverboy Leopard-print silk bowling shirt, $510, Matches Fashion
Lowes Burgundy Flowers Hawaiian Shirt, $19, lowes.com.au
Onia celeste paradise hut shirt, $278, Farfetch
Paradised printed voile shirt, $335, Net-A-Porter
Prada printed crepe de chine shirt, $1,829, Net-A-Porter
River Island tie front cropped shirt in blue floral, $28, ASOS
Burberry short-sleeve archive logo print stretch-cotton shirt, $384, Farfetch